Many companies featured on Money advertise with us. Opinions are our own, but compensation and
in-depth research determine where and how companies may appear. Learn more about how we make money.

Pinterest employees work in the office in San Francisco, April 1, 2015. The San Francisco-based venture capital darling celebrated its fifth birthday in March 2015.
Jeff Chiu—AP

Yeah, California's got Silicon Valley, but if you're a tech worker who really wants to make bank, head to Hawaii: The average salary in the Aloha State is nearly $130,000 — more than double the average in the lowest-paying state, according to a new roundup from Business Insider, using data from

In California, which comes in second place, technology professionals make an average of $109,488 a year. That's not too shabby, but it's still more than $20,000 below the $129,771 Hawaiian average. (Of course, the cost of living tends to be higher outside of the continental U.S., too.)

The lowest-paying states are concentrated in Appalachia and the West, with a couple New England entrants, as well. Mississippi brings up the rear with an average yearly pay of just under $61,000. Although comparatively low compared to places like Silicon Valley, this is still nearly three times as much as the state's average per capita income of $20,618.

Coming in just behind Mississippi is West Virginia, with an average of $66,805, followed by (respectively) Montana, Maine and South Dakota.

Here are the 10 States Where Tech Workers Make the Most:

  • Hawaii: $129,771
  • California: $109,488
  • New York: $105,927
  • Delaware: $105,867
  • Maryland: $104,570
  • Washington: $103,750
  • Massachusetts: $103,373
  • New Jersey: $102,980
  • Alaska: $102,001
  • District of Columbia: $101,649

And here are the 10 States Where Tech Workers Earn the Least:

  • Mississippi: $60,381
  • West Virginia: $66,805
  • Montana: $67,046
  • Maine: $67,715
  • South Dakota: $69,922
  • Wyoming: $71,236
  • Kentucky: $74,535
  • Arkansas: $77,553
  • Vermont: $77,758
  • Louisiana: $77,582